What is an AC Compressor?

An AC Compressor is a belt-driven engine accessory that pressurizes the freon in your AC system. The compressor is a common item that might go bad after several years of service and will immediately cause your AC system to stop blowing cold air.

How much does a used AC Compressor usually cost?

The cost of a used AC Compressor can be as low as $50 in some vehicles and upwards of $350-400$ for some makes and models.


Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
2010 VW Passat $162.55 $35.00 $127.55
2010 Honda Accord $297.00 $50.00 $247.00
2011 GMC Yukon $332.00 $100.00 $232.00
2007 Lincolon Navigator $368.00 $90.00 $278.00
2004 Mitsubishi Galant $413.00 $65.00 $348.00
2010 Audi TT $535.00 $125.00 $410.00
2010 Nissan Frontier $639.00 $50.00 $589.00

Things to keep in mind when buying

When buying an ac compressor be sure to ask the salesman if the compressor has been protected from contamination or if it appears to have been leaking around the front pulley (presence of oil), that the pulley is not bent and spins freely. The clutch, when spun by hand, should produce a sucking and blowing pressure on the port holes.

Installation Tips

Be sure to have your freon replaced and charged. Some shops have a recovery systems. While changing this accessory inspect your belts for wear as well.

Ongoing maintenance

Verify the charge from time to time to make sure your freon level is up.